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Million Dollar Matching Grant for Art Center Expansion Project

Danville, Ky – The Art Center of the Bluegrass is embarking on a $3.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic property at 415 W. Main Street and to start a national glass museum featuring the works of Stephen Rolfe Powell – but they won’t be doing it alone. With leadership support from the City of Danville and Centre College, along with community input and expertise, the Art Center is building a diverse coalition of partners to bring the project to fruition. “This is a community effort,” says Executive Director Niki Kinkade. “The Art Center is the catalyst, but the benefit and impact of the expansion will benefit our entire region and state, and it’s exciting to see so much support as we set forth.” Kinkade explains that the City of Danville was the first key partner in the ‘ArtSee …

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June Happenings at the Art Center

School is out and the Art Center of the Bluegrass is bustling with activities for youngsters as our summer camps started this week! We have so much to offer kids of all ages! But the Art Center isn’t just for kids – we have a new exhibit opening in June, and our first edition of the Danville Review of Art is available. We are committed to reimagining what an art center can be. Summer Camps at the Art Center Discover how to throw pottery on a potter’s wheel in our four-week Tween and Teen Pottery Camp. Participants will learn to throw a cylinder, which is the basis for cups, mugs, and bowls. Campers will build confidence and transform their visions into reality by learning techniques such as shaping, trimming, and glazing. This class is for students ages 11-17 and will …

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Art Center recognized at Bluegrass Trust Preservation Awards

The Art Center of the Bluegrass was recognized on May 19 at the Bluegrass Trust Preservation Awards for preserving a historic building on the Art Center campus in downtown Danville, Kentucky. Held at the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House in Lexington, the Art Center received the Clyde Carpenter Adaptive Reuse Award for renovations at 409 Main Street. Built by John G. Weisiger sometime between 1901 and 1907, the building originally had two store rooms on the first floor, the second floor was divided into flats, and the third floor was a hall used by the Central Lodge No. 8 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  Purchased by the Art Center in February 2023, the city of Danville then purchased the building from the Art Center in a show of support for the preservation project. The first floor now includes …

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Art Center joins with Maker’s Mark for special release honoring Stephen Rolfe Powell

‘Zippy Honey Blaze’ suggests the vibrant, colorful nature of Powell’s glass pieces, and Powell himself The Art Center of the Bluegrass is proud to announce the release of a very special Maker’s Mark Private Selection Bourbon honoring the legacy of Stephen Rolfe Powell and the GLASS National Art Museum in Danville, Kentucky. This partnership between the world-class bourbon distiller and the Art Center of the Bluegrass began in the fall of 2023 when Maker’s Mark donated a barrel of bourbon in honor of the late internationally-known glass artist. The donation was made as the GLASS National Art Museum prepared to open, which features a permanent collection of Powell’s work. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Powell studied painting and ceramics at Centre College in Danville before discovering hot glass, which quickly became his obsession. Powell traveled the globe exhibiting his work and …

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Kentucky’s Art Center of the Bluegrass to Open GLASS National Art Museum

Kentucky’s Art Center of the Bluegrass to Open GLASS National Art Museum GLASS to Display and Celebrate the Work of American Artist and Former Danville Resident, Stephen Rolfe Powell Additional New Spaces Include Fern Curated Gifts, Murrini Café, and Forthcoming Glassblowing Studio Danville, K.Y. (September 11, 2023)—Today, Art Center of the Bluegrass announces an expansion project in celebration of its 20th anniversary: GLASS National Art Museum, opening November 3, 2023. The epicenter of Central Kentucky’s art scene, Art Center of the Bluegrass has long served as a creative catalyst for the region, and the opening of GLASS will now serve as a sparkling new reason for artists and cultural travelers to visit Danville. As its name suggests, the museum will showcase the creativity of contemporary artists working in the compelling medium of glass—most notably providing a permanent home for the …

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Exciting Refresh: Starry Night Studio Classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Art Center of the Bluegrass Announces Exciting Refresh: Starry Night Studio Classes DANVILLE, KY— The Art Center of the Bluegrass is thrilled to announce an exciting evolution in its offerings with the launch of the revamped Starry Night Studio Classes. This transformation brings a diverse range of engaging social art working experiences that promise to redefine how art enthusiasts and novices alike engage with creativity. Starry Night Studio has been reimagined to provide an immersive art studio experience like never before. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or just looking to have a great time, these classes offer the perfect blend of artistic exploration and social interaction. Guests are invited to gather in the Art Studio’s welcoming environment, where laughter, conversation, and the joy of creation converge to make each session unforgettable. “We wanted to create an atmosphere …

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Renovations Begin

Dear Patrons, Innovation is one of the central values of the Art Center of the Bluegrass.   And boy – are we in the middle of being innovative!  We took an idea and expanded it to a 3.7 million expansion project, and we are thrilled about the impact this will have on our town, region, and state! The 3 major components of the ArtSee Project are: 1.     Restoration & renovation of an 11,000 square foot historic property, next door to our current historic property, a major contributing building in the downtown Danville thoroughfare. 2.     The creation of a national glass museum, featuring the museum collection of the late Stephen Rolfe Powell, while also featuring works from other glass artists like Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapeitra. 3.     The expansion of programming to include, new educational spaces, new exhibit spaces, a small glass blowing studio, a glass …

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Public Art Survey

Public art is an investment in the cultural capital of a community and supports aesthetics, tourism, and community pride. Where appropriately planned, public art can enhance the cultural identity of a community and provide opportunities for interpreting the history and character of the area through a variety of mediums. Our Public Art Committee, comprised of board, staff, and community members, has put together a survey asking for your input on public art here in Danville, Kentucky. Please click on the image to the right and fill it out. We want to hear from you!

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Art Center of the Bluegrass Plans Expansion and National Glass Museum

ACQUISITION OF 415 W. MAIN STREET LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR STEPHEN POWELL MUSEUM… The Art Center of the Bluegrass has announced a venture to renovate and restore the historic property at 415 W. Main Street. The building is located next door to the Art Center’s current location and the acquisition will double the organization’s footprint and space. The building will be purchased by the City of Danville and leased to the Art Center for the next 100 years. The Art Center is also working with the Fiscal Court to secure their financial support. Both governmental entities are strong partners on this project. At the heart of the expansion is a plan to establish a glass museum and gallery that will honor the extensive artistic legacy of Stephen R. Powell. The proposed museum will also include works by Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, …